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About Us

FOY Life was inspired by a life changing diagnosis. We had a choice to either let the effects of not living a life in balance, set the ground work for how we would live the rest of our life, or instead choose the path towards health, awareness and light.

We passionately decided to build a community that not only assists in the healing process, but encourages personal responsibility to maintain and advance well-being. These alternative healing therapies have been instrumental in the complete reversal of damage that was done when not focusing on longevity.

As children, wellness was not a topic spoken about or part of our educational system. We weren’t taught to put ourselves first, nor reflect internally on what was best for us to live a long and healthy life.

We now understand the need for alternative healing options and education, at all ages, that can encourage sustainable progress in the healing journey.

We decided to bring the most effective healing options and educational opportunities together in one convenient location. By doing so, we are offering a space to allow comprehensive coordinated care in a community of healers where we work together to focus on all our needs.

We are passionate about inspiring others to live their best life and we’re excited to simplify the journey towards health, wellness, longevity, and a Fountain of Youth (FOY) Life for everyone through our teas, therapies, education, and community.

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  • "With the combination of medicinal teas and the newest alternative healing therapies, you will improve your life."

    Mark C, Agoura Hills, CA

  • "FOY Life's expertise, education, and guidance will help get your body, mind, and spirit back in balance. Your experience with alternative healing will be life changing!"

    Nancy P, La Quinta, CA

  • "Following FOY Life's Medicinal Tea recommendations, you will be able to reduce your depression, stress and anxiety in no time."

    Jeff A, Thousand Oaks, CA

  • "What is better than being able to drive to just ONE location where you can get all your healing requirements met. FOY Life will make your life so much easier."

    Robyn B, Westlake Village, CA

  • "FOY Life is the only health center -- ever -- where you will be recognized by name, remembered, and valued with every visit. You will no longer just be a body known only by your digital ID. You will feel like you belong to the entire FOY Life family and that your well-being matters. What a difference FOY Life will make in your life!"

    Kate M, Encino, CA

Our Amazing Team

It is with pleasure and privilege that we offer some of the most talented and experienced artists in our community and together we look forward to bringing balance to your life.

Deanna Farnell

Co-Founder

"Remember that your health is most important"

- Deanna Farnell

Deanna is the Chief Visionary at FOY Life. Her vision is to help people create a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond traditional health fads and quick fixes. It’s about creating a community that offers full-service health and wellness solutions to promote the body’s own healing capabilities in a warm, nurturing environment. Deanna is a licensed CPA with 25 years of experience growing companies from the ground up. She was recognized as the 2018 CFO of the year in Los Angeles County, just before her diagnosis. She is proud of this accomplishment but even prouder to realize that work does not define her and the person she wants to become through her own healing journey. She lives with Jeff and they raise their children together in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Jeff McGinley

Co-Founder

"Learn how to get high on life naturally"

- Jeff McGinley

Jeff is the Chef at FOY Life. His passion is helping people learn about food and teas to achieve health and wellness. He believes everyone is capable of taking care of their own health needs, but also wants others to know they have a strong support system at FOY Life to lean on if and when needed. Jeff is the architect of FOY Life’s learning initiatives. His goal is to provide a place where health is a lifestyle “journey” not just a destination. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the Health and Wellness industry.

Shannon Dobbs

Clinical Director

"It’s either a miracle or it’s not, you choose"

- Shannon Dobbs

Dr. Shannon Dobbs is a licensed clinical psychologist. Having practiced psychology for over 15 years in diverse clinical settings, she has extensive experience with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, couples therapy, relationship/family problems, dual-diagnoses, and substance abuse. Dr. Dobbs approaches each client individually from assessment through treatment, including holistic approaches that encompass the mind/body connection. She believes that energetically clients are at an imbalance and her psychodynamic approach involves treating the WHOLE person through proven clinical approaches such as attachment focus, psychosomatic integration, Gestalt therapy, CBT, DBT, and energetic navigation.

Melissa Paulo

Sound/Energy Healer and Yoga Instructor

"I hold the space, you are the healer"

- Melissa Paulo

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca, Melissa currently reside in the Topanga area. She believes in expansion, growth, and is always inspired by her love of travel and exploration. She has had the opportunity to visit many beautiful parts of the world, but one of the greatest journeys she has embarked on is the journey within. This path also led her to Meditation, Yoga & the power of Sound Healing. The trajectory of her life has and continues to unfold in unforeseen ways since she made the choice to complete her yoga teacher training at Inner Power Yoga and now, she is so grateful to teach classes of her own. Her intention is to share the wisdom and practices she has and continues to learn as she grows and evolve personally and spiritually. Her hope, is that it will aid in inspiring you on your own unique path into the luminous inner peace and joy available within.

Ashley Moore

Marketing Director

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there."

- Ashley Moore

Ashley knows there is no cookie-cutter way to get and stay sober. She did the 12 steps of AA and began sponsoring other girls-that is where she felt the true magic of sobriety. It was within human connection and a spiritual force greater than herself. About 2 1/2 years into her sobriety, Ashley took up holistic means to combat her anxiety and depression-which landed her in a completely different lifestyle. She believes everything is held within the frequency of a human being-and clearing up traumas, mental health issues and addiction is one frequency band away from clearing. She has been in the marketing field for 4 years now and loves to connect others to where they need to be. Ashley believes a person like herself who was so broken that has now healed shows other struggling addicts that they can believe in themselves and the process by any means necessary.

Meredith Cashman

Primary Therapist/Case Management

"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn"

- Meredith Cashman

Meredith Cashman earned her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University. Prior to becoming a therapist, she spent years living abroad and studying and teaching mindfulness to diverse groups of people. She believes in integrating the mind and body to help shift trauma and maladaptive patterns that no longer serve us. She specializes in bringing mindfulness and self-compassion into the therapeutic space, and she encourages her clients to access healing by bringing curiosity and non-judgment to their experiences in the present moment. Meredith draws upon her clinical knowledge of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions to help her clients create a life that feels whole and authentic for them.

Lisa Rauschenberger

Energy Healing

"May your hands be an extension of your heart, and may you do the work of love with them ~ Aja Monet"

- Lisa Rauschenberger

Lisa knew she wanted to become an Energy Practitioner after first feeling the effects of it’s calm and peaceful energy in a yoga class. This energy helped her body and mind heal after a difficult year of contracting the shingles, and having hip surgery within months of each other. She feels pulled to share this wonderful healing modality, helping others to “unkink” a stagnant hose of energy. Give yourself the gift of self care with a “soul massage”. You are worth it.

Cassidy von Kronemann

Energy/Sound Healer and Massage Therapist

"If everything around you seems dark, look again. You may be the light. ~ Rumi "

- Cassidy von Kronemann

Cassidy lives by the philosophy of leaving every place, person, and thing better than you found it. This belief and her own personal healing journey led her to become a massage therapist & chakra balancing energy healer. She also uses Dr. Sue Morter’s Energy Codes to help assist those wanting to release any negative energetic patterns trapped in the subconscious mind and body. Cassidy’s massage is intuitively guided, energy infused, detail oriented and restorative. Getting a massage is like writing a love letter to yourself! If you’re looking for a sign that you deserve to relax, heal and receive the love you keep trying to give everyone else...This is it! Embark on your self love journey and come get a personalized healing massage and a cup of organic tea at FOY!

Lisa Chesser

Behavioral Health Tech

"Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it's realistic or not ~ Deepak Chopra"

- Lisa Chesser

Lisa was born and raised in Ventura, California; and currently resides in West Hills, California. Lisa has an extensive administrative specialist background as well as behavioral health tech experience in the recovery world. She has always believed in “fairytales“ even during the dark days where she battled a gravely dangerous addiction. Once Lisa found the 12-step rooms the “happily ever after“ part began and is still in progress today. Her biggest accomplishment has been learning her self-worth and becoming balanced which means she truly loves herself today. She believes this to be of utmost importance so she can be of maximum service to others. That is where her passion truly lies.

Kimberly McGuirk

Massage Therapist

"Don’t Forget to Breathe"

- Kimberly McGuirk

Kim has been a massage therapist since 2003 and knew at a young age that she had an intuitive touch & the desire to help others. She has trained over the years in Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Neuro-Structural Bodywork, Hot Stone & Cupping to name a few. Over the last 18+ years, she has specialized in injury treatment & prevention. The link between body & mind is strong & she finds ways that the client can recognize that to aid in their own healing. She always says, “I can do a lot in a session, but it is up to you when you go home how you further your own healing journey”. You will leave her massage room feeling elevated spiritually, physically & sometimes with homework! Her passion shows as she helps everyone around her get to their higher vibration on this human journey.

Katie Pedeflous

Hypnotherapist/Nutrition Health Coach

"What would someone who loves themselves do ~Teal Swan "

- Katie Pedeflous

Katie began her career as a young Intuitive Energy Healer, seeing clients after school and on the weekends as a 16 year-old. She went on to become a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, apprenticed by the Worlds #1 leading NLP teacher, a Certified Hypnotherapist, an Inner Child Work Specialist, a Certified Face Reader and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She has now dedicated her life to to helping others heal past trauma and live life in emotional and physical freedom.

Krista Tendero

Esthetician

"Beauty is Light in a Heart that Shines through the Face"

- Krista Tendero

Krista has always held a joy and passion for both beauty and science. Combining techniques to purify the skin, calm the nervous system, and aid in lymphatic drainage while deeply nourishing, your skin will experience a whole new breathe. Her patients melt in the facial bed as she uses her knowledge and sensitivity to transform. With a heart for inner healing she opens the senses to a full experience of renewal and radiance. Having known the heart ache of not feeling comfortable in her own skin, to the contrasting peace of being healed, Krista provides a compassionate, uplifting service from beginning to end. Assisting individuals in obtaining health, in their own skin, is her joy.

Luis Alberto Paniagua

Energy Healing/Breathwork/Massage

"Give nurture to the inner world & experience the shift of the outer world"

- Luis Alberto Paniagua

Luis is a California native and a gifted Frequency Elevating Artist. He believes in the power of shifting energy in the physical, emotional & spiritual body.He began his spiritual/energy work after an open heart surgery in 2017. A mechanical aortic valve has given him a second chance at life at the age of 30. Specializing in: Energy/breath work, Massage Therapy, Spiritual Tattoos.

Gary Shiaman

Yoga Instructor/Music Therapy

"Find your rhythm and flow"

- Gary Shiaman

Gary teaches a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, focusing on smooth, flowing sequences to help increase strength, flexibility, and fluidity of the breath. His classes are accompanied by the soothing sounds of various live instruments, including crystal bowls, chimes, and steel tongue drums to aid in relaxation and restoration of the body and mind. Music has always been a deep passion for Gary, and his studies in composition and music therapy greatly effect his teaching style and outlook on life. He feels there is a natural rhythm and flow for everything, and finding that for one’s self, both on and off the mat, is key in creating peace and contentment for one’s self and others. Both yoga and music have been vastly influential in helping him on his path and he is grateful to share their healing benefits with all who come into the room and onto their mats.

Allie Brown

Primary Therapist

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves ~ Viktor E. Frankl "

- Allie Brown

Dr. Allie Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment. Before joining the Foy Wellness team, Allie worked in a number of treatment programs for varying populations that treated addiction as well as underlying mental health concerns. In addition, she has knowledge of trauma treatment and how such experiences can significantly hinder one’s emotional, mental, psychological, and physical well-being. Allie specializes in treating clients using a humanistic approach, in addition to cognitive behavioral practices. Dr. Brown values working collaboratively with individuals to uncover areas of suffering and transform these into experiences of personal growth and resilience.

Megan Winberg

Energy/Sound Healer and Yoga Instructor

"Practice patience and trust and all is possible"

- Megan Winberg

Megan considers it a gift and a privilege to share practices such as energy healing, sound meditation, and yoga with fellow humans. She has experienced first hand the transformational possibilities through implementing them in her daily life. As a young girl she struggled with addiction and mental health issues and through these practices she was able to find her heart and peace of mind. She believes that everything is a gift in someway or another and there’s a place of peace to be found in all of life oscillations. She looks forward to holding space for your process, starting where you are to get to where you want to go.

Joanna Zlatanov

Energy Healing

"Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone"

- Joanna Zlatanov

With a degree in psychology and a curiosity for holistic medicine, Joanna’s passion for the mind-body connection brought her healing powers online in 2017. Battling anxiety and an active stomach ulcer, time spent with mother nature restored her ability to heal herself. She believes that the human body is naturally in perfect alignment when the mind can settle. Specializing in intuitive healing, she allows her intuition to guide her to areas in the body that require an energy reset. Her sessions incorporate tapping and breathwork as a way to prepare the energy channels and subconscious mind for a powerful and effective treatment. Her passion lies in helping clients create a bridge between mind and body and learning how to restore wellness in their own bodies.

Michelle Castro

Certified USUI Energy Ryoho Master

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration ~ Nikola Tesla"

- Michelle Castro

Michelle uses the frequencies that have been found through scientific experiments to retune your body. The Biofield around us actually is similar to the way a vinyl record hold memories, information, and data of our life around us. This is very different work from therapy and counseling: Biofield Therapy is narrative and scientifically works on the plasma layer of your body to tune you back to your original homeostasis. Her gift is tuning you back to feeling amazing within the frequencies. During the session, you’ll hear Michelle express and talk about the various frequencies and what they do to your body from her experience as a practitioner.

Daniel Scanlon

FOY Support/Music Therapy

"Value people who value you ~ Bill Withers"

- Daniel Scanlon

Daniel is a pianist, singer, and Music Therapist. Born and raised in Reisterstown, Maryland, he moved to California at 14 and began exploring his passion for music and mental wellness. Because his siblings have all struggled with substance abuse, and some gone through rehab programs, Daniel has a lot of experience making people feel comfortable and open while working through difficult issues such as addiction. Combining his passions, Music Therapy allows Daniel to utilize his musical knowledge to both teach about music, as well as inspire personal growth in those around him.

Tori Wolf

Case Management

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress ~ Frederick Douglas"

- Tori Wolf

Tori is a Southern California native, pursuing her degree in clinical psychology. Her passion for individual growth and personal discovery brought her here to FOY, as well as her strong belief in mind body connection, and holistic healing being an essential part of mental health and recovery. Her love of travel and exploring the beautiful places and cultures around the world, has fueled her passion to always keep learning and approach things with compassion. She has experience as a mentor, working with people with depression, anxiety and PTSD. She is passionate about helping people live their best lives through providing a safe space to share without the fear of judgement and helping establish goals that can be accomplished while in treatment. She believes that every person deserves to be seen and understood.

Sarah Ross

Art Therapy

"If you are going to make up a story in your head, you might as well make it a good one!"

- Sarah Ross

Sarah graduated from Brooks College of Design and went on to owning a graphic art design and sign business. She then spent time dedicated to raising 3 children and was an art docent. Getting back into the workforce, Sarah became a city planner with emphasis in current planning, overseeing and reviewing design plans. She went into business for herself again as a Business and Life Coach after over a decade of personal growth and development work. She received certifications in Coaching, Life success, and Women's Leadership. Her life has been a playground for creativity and she is excited and honored to share her passion and the possibilities of joy, peace,and satisfaction through the process of making art.
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